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Easy Parties, Gifts, Wrapping and More, Get All The Supplies At One Place!

Hi there, I was lucky to receive an invite to review Birthday Express Products, what perfect timing with the Holiday Season upon us. Yes it’s not just for birthdays since they have all the supplies gathered for you, from plates to plastic-ware, to tablecloths (nice plastic ones to protect that table, especially if you have little children around this really come in handy to protect the finish of your table from accidental spills etc.

Birthday Express LogoWhile trying to figure out what I can use from them for this time of the year, I looked eagerly around the website. I noted that, of course, they also have some great birthday theme packages too, from A to Z you are sure to find a theme all ready for you on their website, how about a Superhero’s Party or a Barbie Party (found under “Princess & Dolls”) all coordinated nicely for everything from parties for the kids on up to parties for the Grown ups.

Spiderman 3D party supplies kitAnd you can buy some of the hard to find things to fill your need for unique gifts for the party goers, from “favors and toys” (including some exclusive items), to pinatas and Dress up and Apparel. Looking around this site I can see how easy this can make to decorate a themed party, add in all the decorations, have gifts for the party goers, a special something for the guest of honor and more.

I ended up choosing the Red and Green Deluxe Party Pack for 24. When my box full of Party Supplies arrived, I received:

Mariahs Unopened Box from Birthday ExpressIn Red:

24 – Large Paper Cups, 1- Large (54 x 108) Plastic Table Cloth, 24- Large Napkins, 24- 8 3/4 inch Large Paper Plates, 81 foot- roll of Crepe-paper Streamer (bleed, fade and flame resistant), 6 – 11 inch balloons, 50 ft.- Red Curling Ribbon.

In Green:

24 – 6 7/8 inch (dessert/hours-devour sized) Paper Plates, 50- small (dessert/hours-devour sized) napkins, 24- plastic (of each) forks, knives and spoons, 6- 11 inch balloons, 50 foot of Curling Ribbon, a 81 foot- roll of Crepe-paper Streamer (bleed, fade and flame resistant).

I also found two little bonuses in my box (I am not sure if this is common with their shipments) – a travel size tube of Tom’s Children’s toothpaste in Silly Strawberry and a coupon for the product. I will have to give it to my brother at our Christmas Gathering, for his small children… I don’t think I will use it myself, I like my minty freshness personally. lol

Mariahs Party suppies in box its all in green and red

Why did I choose the Red and Green Party kit? First off, who wants to mess with doing dishes when you have company over, we have a large family with 6 siblings and all their families, and we are spread all over the United States currently with just my youngest brother and I close by my parents. I know how special it is when we have a year that we can all get together to celebrate the holidays, and I love to take these precious moments and squeeze out all I can of the enjoyment and visiting with them. And as far as the green and red can go… since I just discovered that this year it maybe a small gathering again, will be saving all the extra place settings, as well as the crepe-paper rolls and balloons for Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s Day decorating. This is such a versatile package when you consider the 3 holidays you could use this for. With the price limit of $35 the price is certainly right for getting all the supplies in one box with this Party Pack too.

Barbie Doll Theme Party Supply Kit Called "Barbie All Dolld Up" Party Supplies kitSpeaking of the Holidays, I saw that they have stocking stuffers on their site too, what fun and easy as they list them by prices, these are great gifts for children… or those that are kids at heart like me. Hey who’s going to pick me up some of these great stocking stuffers?

Under $5: I’d flip for the Monster High 10 color pen ($1.49), I don’t care about the Monsters, but I admit that I wanted one of those multi colored pens that I saw friends with way back in Elementary School.

Under $10: Oh yes, a Boa, what can I say? You never know, I may wear it (but I wouldn’t admit it). Truly though, I wanted one for over my makeup mirror, for when I get my “dressing room” all fixed up… hey what can I say? It’s only $6.99

for others, I also spotted a few key-chains under this heading on clearance that has some teams on it, I didn’t see one remaining for Wisconsin on my quick scan or I would have had to have it for my Father and some Cousins that have moved here from our home state of Wisconsin. Yes I was born a cheese head.

Under $20: For outdoor parties in the spring/summer and fall, how about Round Lanterns with White Hibiscus Light Set $19.99, these could help add some light around the grill or fire pit.

For others, a Wisconsin Badgers Window/Garden Flag for my Father, and cousins ($12.99)… there are quite a few different teams flags like this folks, great stocking stuffers or an add on gift for a sports lover.

Under $40: Okay so I didn’t find anything that I would like under this list, but there are more Team Flags ($32.99) under this heading for the sports lovers and goodness if I were a child again I’d go nuts over some of the kids shoes in here… how fun!

My mind still whirls with how very many ideas there are here for parties (and not just for children) in here: I can see possibly getting together with friends for The Academy Awards night and setting up a Movie Night with all the goodies they sell under the category Hollywood & Movie Night or for that matter gathering up some of these supplies and adding in some girly girl supplies, then make sure the guys all go play poker or something while we gals gather around watching Chick Flicks together. Or how about a Spa Party Gals? for that I would choose the Diva Zebra Print Deluxe Party Pack for 8 and have a girls night in, doing each others nails and facials? Why not!

Zebra Design on Diva Pink Plates - Diva Zebra Print Party Supplies KitI just found that they have wrapping paper, gift bags, curling ribbon and more too at their site, how great.

Need invitations too? Yup, they have those on their site as well! You literally can get all the of supplies you’d need in one place at BirthdayExpress.com.

With busy lives out there I am sure you appreciate making every moment count, let Birthday Express help you, just order one of these party packs & other supplies here and you can cross these things off your list for the party.

Thank you Birthday Express for asking me to review your products, I may not be using my Red and Green Deluxe Party Pack as I had first intended, but I have more holidays coming up that this will be pure perfection for.

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received a Red & Green Party Supplies Kit for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Birthday Express and me.

Pulp Fiction Audio Books Review & Giveaway

 

Pulp Fiction, did I get your attention? Well folks, I am not talking the movie Pulp Fiction here, I am talking about the old time short stories and books. Here is a definition of Pulp Fiction for you:

Pulp fiction is fantastic, escapist fiction for the general entertainment of the mass audiences. The term originated from the magazines of the first half of the 20th century which were printed on cheap “pulp” paper. Bigger-than-life heroes, pretty girls, exotic places, strange and mysterious villains all stalked the pages of the many issues available to the general public on the magazine stands.
Source: The Vintage Library (www.vintagelibrary.com)

Did you know that L. Ron Hubbard wrote some of the above mentioned stories and was not just the creator of the Scientology belief system.

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A while back I received a group of Audio Books from http://www.goldenagestories.com/ and I today I would like to tell you about them. The books are classics by L. Ron Hubbard and they have been a joy to listen to. Granted I have to take time to sit back and enjoy, turn off the Boob-Tube and relax and let your brain do the visuals. You may know L. Ron Hubbard as the author of Scientology, don’t fear though, these are entertainment written just for sheer enjoyment and entertainment… Galaxy Press has no ulterior motive in publishing these books and audio books, but to keep these great works of fiction from being lost to the hands of time.

These audio books remind me of my brother finding a radio station on AM Radio that played old acted out stories from when my parents were young. My big brother, Milton, and I would sit and listen with great interest to these stories, they were colorful and acted out so well that my imagination filled in the visuals so easily. Ever since those days I have wanted to find some well acted out Theatrical Radio Stories once again, and now I can! Thanks to the people at Galaxy Press and their Stories From the Golden Age.

With these books, I am reliving those days gone by, spent with my big brother, loving each and every story. These stories full of wonderful Acting, and the Characters voices are fun to listen to, there is even background noises and sound effects. I found myself transported to a far away land, in another time.

Below is one of the first Audio Books I listened to, I call it my favorite, but perhaps it was because it was the first audio the start of my new adventure into Classic Stories told with Cinematic Flare. As it brought out the nostalgia in me for the days with my older brother (as I shall talk about more, later in this post).

The Trail of the Red Diamonds Audio Book CoverThe Trail of the Red Diamonds Qoute... too long to put in here.

It’s sad in today’s world that things like the imagination are not promoted more in our children, we have become so technology driven in today’s society that little is left to the imagination. I love these audio books because I think that the imagination is a muscle that must be exercised. Unfortunately, by the sounds of what a Mother was telling me in the store a while back, even the Arts in schools now are pay if you want to learn attend the classes, we are not appreciating/learning the arts as much as I believe we should… how sad.

Speaking of education, I was wondering around the Golden Age Stories website and I noticed that they even have this set up for education! How cool is that? I have family (my brother and Sister-in-law) that are home schooling their children and their children would love this way of learning. I wouldn’t be surprised if all of my siblings, with school age children, would love to have some family time with the kids listening and reading along. The interesting part of their Education Area on their site is that they not only have the Lexile Ratings, information on their Listen and Learn program but they have PDF’s with Lesson Plans! Nothing like simplifying things!

Stories like those on these L. Ron Hubbard Audio Books are something that I feel would benefit children and adults alike. Sit back, relax, turn off the TV and close your eyes, and watch as these stories come to life using your imagination. Think about it, our Grandparents or Great Grandparents had radio, they didn’t have TV… these are the sort of things they listened to as a family back in the day.

Reflecting on Theatrical Radio Plays, I want to share with you a short story. Back in the days of radio shows, like the ones that have been made for these Audio Books, my Grandfather came home from work and listened to “War of the Worlds” on their radio one night. Have you heard the stories of people believing that the invasion was real? Well I heard that too, so as a teenager my Grandparents were visiting and I just had to ask my Grandfather. Both my Grandfather and  Grandmother laughed, and said, yes! I sat that night with my Grandfather telling me how my Grandmother was in the kitchen making dinner and as he sat listening to the radio he got so very upset that he kicked in the radio! My Grandfather was so very sure that the story was true. 🙂

Picture of 5 of my Audio Books from the Pulp Fiction eraNow I do have to say that these CD’s are in chapters my friends, so my 10 or so year old CD player (that plays MP3 on CD’s as well as Music CD’s) won’t work with this format. However the Chapter/Audio format works on my PC’s and in my Blu Ray/DVD player just fine. The chapter format does help with picking up where you left off with video cues in it on my Blu Ray Player.

I have to say, I really loved my late nights listening to these Audio Books, I found it very relaxing and fun to listen to. I wish for everyone to have a chance to check out these marvelous stories for themselves, L. Ron Hubbard wrote these stories ages ago and they are still as entertaining today as, I am sure they were back then.

Action Adventure Package Audio and books by L Ron Hubbard

Thanks to the Lovely people at Galaxy Press – Stories from the Golden Age, we have a giveaway, 5 of you can win 2 Audio Books each! These will make great gifts too folks… Good Luck Friends!

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Disclaimer: 
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, Stories From the Golden Age (Galaxy Press) provided me with a free sample of this product to test. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Galaxy Press – Stories From The Golden Age Website & myself. 

Buy Costumes Online with BuyCostumes.com – Review

Hi folks, it’s that time of year again, the time of year when parents are looking in the stores for costumes for their children & we fun loving adults too wish to dress up for the Halloween Parties, taking kids Trick or Treating etc. And I am pleased to share with you an online supplier of a great deal of costumes for all shapes and sizes of Adults and Children, BuyCostumes.com.

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I have had the privilege of choosing a costume for myself and my limit was to spend up to $40.00. I searched this site and they had a lot to choose from within this price range, I of course found myself drooling over many of the costumes. They have costumes for everyone and for your pets too. Some examples of their Costumes, just to name a few:

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Mariah’s BFF T-Shirt from T-Shirts.com – Review

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Hi all, how sweet was this? Joan had an offer to do a review of t-shirts from T-Shirts.com and she offered that we should both receive a BFF T-Shirt for the two of us to review. She’s a sweetie that Joan! Joan has been sick folks and just had a biopsy of her stomach done the other day, so I offered to run my review alone and she can run her’s when she feels up to it.

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June 2012 Top Rated Sunscreen – Review and Giveaway

 

 

Hi friends, today I am pleased to be reviewing a product that is a Top Rated Sunscreen… this was just rated top sunscreen in June 2012 Consumer Reports, (a link to this report can be found on their website, the link is in the next paragraph) ! This sunscreen was so exciting to try, I couldn’t wait to receive it and lucky for me it was received in a very timely manner.

Logo for "All Terrain"Not only did I receive my package very fast, but it arrived with a rarity, the package came without leaking all over, messing up the packaging it was sent in. This is rarely seen here at my altitude in Colorado, as a matter of fact with companies I forgive this common occurrence, although it does mean that the product usually has a very little bit remaining for me to test out & review. The high elevation here tends to make the air in products expand and depending upon the packaging, for instance bags either expand or pop and tubes, like this sunscreen came in tend to leak all over through the cap. Nice that this didn’t follow what most companies products do to me. lol

 

I was still worried that since this sunscreen, All Terrain ‘s “AquaSport” in SPF 30, would be greasy and shiny on my skin like all other sunscreens that are very water and sweat resistant. Now I still couldn’t wait to apply the sunscreen to my skin, as I am so sick of name brand and the generic sunscreens that either tear up my eyes or look shiny on my skin and even cause breakouts.

All Terrain AquaSport Sunscreen SPF 30Joan & I, with our Lupus SLE, should be wearing sunscreen each and every day and frankly all day & evening long too, so I go through sunscreens and should have bought some stock in companies (if only I could find a product that I could get behind 100%) lol All day long?, you may ask… yup, did you know that the new light bulbs are like the florescent ones and can hurt you and your skin just like the sun? And if you have lupus sle just sitting with those light bulbs on and your skin unprotected, well you could become very very sick. This is one thing that our Government didn’t consider when the made the mandatory change to the “energy efficient” light bulbs, there are people that couldn’t/shouldn’t be exposed to them.

Anyway I tried this product and not only did my skin not look oily or greasy, my skin felt moisturized and baby soft! Wow! I still can’t believe it, and now I am trying to use up the old junk that I have at home and wear this wonderful product when I go out of the house… the AquaSport didn’t break out my skin either! Now to get rid of the old junk ASAP and keep washing my face about 4 times a day to keep myself from breaking out, until I am all out of the old stuff that has caused so much embarrassment over the years. I found myself a new sunscreen that I will remember for the rest of my life and be buying as frequently as this poor person, (with both husband and I on Social Security Disability,) can afford.

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